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THE ELWELL ENIGMA

By Rick Geary
48 6x9-inch pages
b/w
Hometown Press hardcover
$16.95 including shipping

One of Geary's recent works, this volume is a self-published, Kickstarter-funded project. I bought a copy from him at the San Diego Comic-Con; and it’s for sale at Geary’s website, rickgeary.com but apparently nowhere else. The book clearly belongs in Geary’s Treasury of Twentieth Century Murder from NBM, so why did he publish it himself? Dunno.

Elwell is as carefully and thoroughly researched as any of Geary’s previous books; and his drawings (which I always admire) are as meticulously and quirkily executed as ever.

The murder here is that of 1920s bridge expert Joseph B. Elwell, who was found with a bullet-hole in his forehead in a locked room in his Upper West Side Manhattan home. Elwell was found my his housekeeper on the morning of June 11, 1920. He was dead, clad in red silk pajamas, but barefoot and without his toupee and false teeth.

Despite these and other tantalizing clues—which Geary details and explores as far as they can lead him—his murder was never solved. That is true of others of Geary’s murder treasury oeuvre, but this one seems a little colorless in comparison. Perhaps because there are no weird suspects, no odd personalities to delve into.

Elwell

The book is as meticulously done as any of Geary’s other books — and worth a read simply to marvel at his research and reportage (and his picture-making). Geary’s latest from NBM, the early 1900s murder of celebrated architect Stanford White, offers much more — murder, blood, sex. And Evelyn Nesbit, and “the trial of the century.” Our review of that is next.

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